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For Release: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7 p.m. EDT
Chevrolet Adds Trax to Growing Small-Vehicle Lineup
Global small SUV arrives stateside, offering versatility, connectivity and efficiency
NEW YORK – At the New York International Auto Show today, Chevrolet
announced it will add the Trax, a new small SUV, to its portfolio. The 2015 Trax will
offer versatility, connectivity and turbocharged performance in an efficient package.
Sporty and modern, Trax blends small-car agility with the utility of an SUV,
including up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of cargo space. It’s Chevrolet’s seventh
small-vehicle launch in less than four years. During that time, the brand’s share of
the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled – up 221
“Trax offers customers another option in the Chevrolet family and will be a strong
competitor in the emerging small-SUV market, which is expected to grow more
than 80 percent by 2016,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president,
Global Chevrolet. “Trax also leverages our global resources and builds on
Chevrolet’s strong SUV heritage.”
When it arrives in dealer showrooms early next year, Trax will accommodate
customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles with available OnStar 4G LTE and builtin Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as MyLink technology featuring the segment’s only seveninch color touch screen. Trax also will be the first in its class to offer Siri Eyes Free.
Trax technologies also enhance passenger safety, with more standard air bags than
its competitors, a standard rearview camera and available rear park assist.
Additional vehicle highlights include:
 Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that delivers the efficiency of a smalldisplacement engine with the power of a larger engine on demand
 Available all-wheel drive
 Electric power steering
 Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
 Ten standard air bags, including side-curtain and knee air bags – and the
segment’s only rear seat-mounted thorax air bags
 Clever and convenient storage areas, including upper and lower glove boxes
– with a USB port and auxiliary jack in the upper glove box for plug-in media
 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down front passenger seatback for
storing and transporting items up to eight feet long
 Standard remote keyless entry and available remote start.
Trax will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Pricing will be announced closer to the
start of production.
A Chevy inside and out
With its signature dual-port grille, prominent bowtie emblem and swept headlamps,
the Trax is immediately identifiable as a contemporary Chevrolet. Its grille design –
with chrome accents – emulates other Chevrolets and provides a more cohesive
appearance across the brand’s lineup of crossovers and small cars.
Available cues such as front fog lamps and simulated front and rear skid plates lend
a sportier presence, while vertical tail lamps flank the tailgate, accenting taught
body lines and pronounced wheel arches that give the Trax a confident stance.
The 10 exterior are: Brilliant Blue Metallic, Orange Rock Metallic, Satin Steel
Metallic, White Pearl Tricoat, Black Granite Metallic, Summit White, Silver Ice
Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Deep Espresso Metallic and Blaze Red.
Inside, Trax’s distinctive styling carries over to a dual-cockpit instrument panel. In
the center, it houses a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display for the
standard MyLink voice-activated infotainment system. It also features displays for
available SiriusXM satellite radio and standard rearview camera, as well as the
available GPS-enabled app navigation system that customers can download.
The instrument cluster is inspired by the bold design in the Sonic, featuring a large,
performance-style analog tachometer combined with a prominent digital display for
the speedometer and other readouts. A small-diameter, thick-rimmed steering
wheel enhances the sporty ambience. The wheel is leather-wrapped on LTZ and
some LT models.
LS models feature standard cloth seating, with deluxe cloth standard on LT, along
with an available cloth/leatherette seating trim. LTZ models feature standard full
leatherette trim. Interior colors are Jet Black, Jet Black/Light Titanium and Jet
For versatility, the 60/40 flat-folding rear seat features a fold-down armrest with
cup holders, storage in all four doors, four bins in the dash, pockets in the
seatbacks and bins under the rear load floor and a hidden storage drawer under the
front passenger seat. It also offers 18.7 cubic feet (530 liters) of storage behind the
split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) with the rear seat folded.
The front passenger seat also folds flat to extend the cargo length and
accommodate items up to eight feet long.
Connectivity and infotainment details
Available Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhances connectivity and
convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity so customers can keep
phones stored and their hands on the wheel.
Additional standard and available features include:
 Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports
 Available Chevrolet connected by OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
 Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
 Available BringGo navigation app
 Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three months of trial service),
SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Tune Select (requires XM subscription)
 Supports playback of MP3 files stored on USB flash memory drives.
With Chevrolet’s connected by OnStar 4G LTE connection, Trax provides an
available Wi-Fi hotspot that allows passengers to connect multiple personal devices
such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.
Turbocharged performance
Trax is powered by a power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine
backed by an efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is
expected to be rated at an SAE-certified 138 horsepower (102 kW) and 148 lb-ft of
torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.
The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged
engines – helps it deliver a more confident driving experience, with a strong feeling
of power across the rpm band. The turbocharger’s on-demand performance also
contributes to efficiency because it enables greater power when needed with the
lower fuel consumption of a small-displacement engine when it’s not.
The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and
greater packaging flexibility. A solid cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods
deliver additional durability to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque.
A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control is
matched with the 1.4L turbo engine. It has a unique design, with the planetary
gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making
the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall
vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower
A “steep” first gear and a “tall” overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of
6.14:1. This allows Trax to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency
and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds.
Refined ride and handling
Trax is built on a robust global platform and engineered with precise suspension
tuning to deliver one of the segment’s quietest and most refined driving
experiences. Available all-wheel drive seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels
when required for better traction and handling.
A 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,539 mm) front
and rear tracks – contribute to a confident driving experience, while a strong
structure enables greater suspension precision and a quiet ride.
A MacPherson strut front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar
and side-load-compensated front strut modules.
The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a
double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It
combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal
space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Noise-damping
urethane spring isolators improve ride isolation and dampen noise.
Trax also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system
that saves fuel compared to a conventional engine-driven power steering pump.
Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT (aluminum wheels on LT). LTZ has
standard 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Built to protect
Trax incorporates technologies that help avoid crashes and protect occupants in
case one occurs. Crash-avoidance technologies include:
 Standard rearview camera
 Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, incorporating traction control
and rollover mitigation features
 ABS and electronic brake force distribution
 Cornering brake control and brake assist
The body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment,
with 66 percent of the structure composed of high-strength steels, including ultrahigh-strength steel. That structural protection is complemented with 10 standard
air bags:
 Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
 Driver and front passenger knee air bags
 Front and rear thorax air bags for all outboard positions – including the
segment’s only rear-seat-mounted thorax air bags
 Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.
Trax’s safety and security features also include exclusive OnStar technology with
Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.
Global Trax
Chevrolet Trax was launched in late 2012 in Mexico and Canada as a 2013 model;
about 90,000 have been sold in more than 60 global markets. The 2015 Trax is
currently on sale in China, and will arrive in U.S. dealer showrooms early next year,
adding the small SUV to Chevy’s two largest markets. Trax is named after a 2007
concept vehicle.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing
business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a
year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited
performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models
can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
Body style / driveline:
EPA vehicle class:
Key competitors:
Manufacturing locations:
Chevrolet Trax
small SUV, front-engine/front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
body-frame integral
sport utility vehicle
Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Bupyeong, South Korea and San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Displacement (cu. in. / cc):
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Block material:
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EPA fuel economy (city / hwy):
1.4L turbocharged DOHC I-4
83.2 / 1364
2.85 x 3.25 / 72.5 x 82.6
cast iron
cast aluminum
dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, double
continuously cam phaser intake and exhaust (DCVCP)
coil on plug
sequential multi-port fuel injection with electronic throttle
138 / 103 @ 4900 (SAE certified)
148 / 200 @ 1850 (SAE certified)
regular unleaded
close-coupled and underfloor catalytic converters; pre- and
post-oxygen sensors
26 / 34
Hydra-Matic 6T40 6-speed automatic
Gear ratios (:1)
Final drive:
Chassis / Suspension
Steering type:
Steering ratio:
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):
MacPherson strut with coil-over spring; direct-acting stabilizer
bar; steel 6-point rigid attachment front cross member
compound crank (torsion beam); coil springs with twin-tube
shock absorbers
column-mounted electric power steering; rack-and-pinion gear
(straight ratio)
2.7 (16-inch wheels)
2.6 (18-inch wheels)
36.7 / 11.2
Brake rotor diameter x thickness (in
/ mm):
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Wheels / Tires
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FWD: front discs with ventilated rotors, rear drums; standard
AWD: four-wheel disc with ventilated front discs and solid rear
discs; standard ABS
front: 11.8 x 1.0 / 300 x 26, ventilated discs (FWD & AWD)
rear: 10.6 x 0.5 / 268 x 12, solid discs (AWD)
rear: 9 / 230 (FWD)
Mando MGH60 Chassis Controls: ABS / TCS / ESC with
rollover mitigation
16 x 6.5-inch steel with wheel cover (std.)
16 x 6.5-inch aluminum (opt.)
18 x 7-inch aluminum (opt.)
P205/70R16 ALS (std.)
P215/55R18 AL3 (opt.)
100.6 / 2555
168.5 / 4280
69.9 / 1776
65.9 / 1674
front: 60.6 / 1540
rear: 60.6 / 1540
FWD: 2805 / 1293 (est.)
AWD: 3208 / 1455 (est.)
front: 6.2 / 157
rear: 6.2 / 157
front: 39.6 / 1005
rear: 38.8 / 985
front: 40.8 / 1037
rear: 35.7 / 907
front: 54.1 / 1374
rear: 52.8 / 1340
front: 51.7 / 1313
rear: 50.2 / 1274
92.8 / 2628
18.7 / 530 (behind rear seat)
48.4 / 1371 (rear seat folded)
14 / 53
4.75 / 4.5
6.9 / 6.5
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